- The definition of a snake is a long reptile that has no limbs or eyelids, or a cold and ruthless person, or a long and skinny wire that can be used to clean out a drain.
- A boa constrictor is an example of a snake.
- A cold and heartless man is an example of a snake.
- A long wire your plumber puts down your drain to unclog it is an example of a snake.
- Snake is to move or extend along in a slithering or twisting motion, often to clear drain obstructions.
When a cable is twisted and pulled through a drain pipe, this is an example of a time when you snake the pipe.
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- any of a limbless suborder (Serpentes, order Squamata) of reptiles with an elongated, scaly body, lidless eyes, and a tapering tail: some species have a poisonous bite
- a treacherous or deceitful person
- a plumber's tool consisting of a long, flexible rod of spiraled wire for removing obstructions from pipes, etc.
Origin: Middle English from Old English snaca, akin to Old Norse snakr, Middle Low German snake: for Indo-European base see snail
- to clear obstructions from (a pipe, drain, etc.) by means of a snake ()
- ☆ Informal to drag or pull, esp. lengthwise and with force
- Informal to pull quickly
- snakelike adjective
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- Any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes or Ophidia (order Squamata), having a long, tapering, cylindrical body and found in most tropical and temperate regions.
- A treacherous person. Also called snake in the grass.
- A long, highly flexible metal wire or coil used for cleaning drains. Also called plumber's snake.
- Economics A fixing of the value of currencies to each other within defined parameters, which when graphed visually shows these currencies remaining parallel in value to each other as a unit despite fluctuations with other currencies.
- To drag or pull lengthwise, especially to drag with a rope or chain.
- To pull with quick jerks.
- To move in a sinuous or gliding manner: tried to snake the rope along the ledge.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English snaca.
noun pl. Snake or Snakes